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Especial Amigo

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Did you enjoy 'Wolf Hall', the BBC's recent serialisation, following all the usual suspects in the Court of King Henry VIII?
This period has been written about at length, some might say, done to death, in the way of arguably three of Henry's wives.
But rarely mentioned is Eustachio Chapuys, a Frenchman appointed as Spanish Ambassador by the Emperor Charles, to keep an eye on the ousted Katherine of Aragon as Henry, ('Fat Harry' behind his back), failing to divorce her, tried to starve, some even postulate, poison her out of the way.

This is the story of probably the finest Ambassador to ever live. A man who pushed new boundaries of spying and intrigue to protect 'his' queen. And yet a man whose diplomatic skills, left him unsuspected in the most suspicious environment of all, a good friend of Thomas Cromwell and considered a friend by Henry. No mean feat!
A great man! an Especial Amigo!

Follow probably the most interesting character of the period in Mary Delorme's latest novel. Meticulously researched as befits a writer for History Today, yet without the feel of a history lesson!
Chapuys was an avid writer of letters home and to the Emperor Charles V. Especial Amigo is based on that correspondence to paint an accurate portrait of life under a medieval tyrant, a man whose supreme greatness and omnipotence (in his own eyes!) left him blind to the fact that he was outplayed every step of the way, by just one man.
Spying and intrigue in earlier days. An unsung hero. Until NOW.


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February 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Especial Amigo
Author(s): Mary Delorme, Jon Delorme
Publisher: Newdomesday Press
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